two years from the good "Lovemetal", the most famous nu-goth
rock band comes back with another release...but after
4 good album , this is the first mediocre cd realized from Valo's band!
Ok..it'd be very hard to pretend an album like Razorblade Romance or
the first Greatest Lovesongs , but both Deep Shadows and Lovemetal get
nice songs in which the band have shown true feelings, considering
that their style is based on depth and the passion of romantic rock
mixed to gothic .
Here I notice that the sound is the same of Deep
Shadows and Lovemetal concerning production and arrangements...and for
this reason there's no metal in the sound, there's is a typical 70's
rock sound with a touch of dark in the keyboard sounds.
I can't but affirm there are few very inspired songs and also some
mediocre songs...far from the latest albums.
Where are those songs full of feelings that mix romantic feelings and
gothic atmosphere? Here, there's only the tentative
to copy themselves getting inspirations from the past...and
it's sad to say that, considering that I made very good reviews also
when Deep Shadows was considered a flop cd; That was only a change of
direction but in that album there are very inspired songs; Here there
are only 4 good songs. . and then? Nothing but some songs that will
not leave a mark, and I'm sure that who remembers that unmistakable
year 2000, when Him realized that masterpiece called "Razorblade
Romance" can't but see the shadow of that band in this new
Ok..let's begin to describe this album starting from the good things :
The title track is a sweet and involving melodic rock ballad full of
typical romanticism that is ready to be listen to when you're with
your partner to dream....a melody very sweet...in which HIM leaves
apart the dark atmosphere to show pure romantic feelings.
"Play dead" is a
nocturne song very deep both in the lyrics and the music sung with
that usual passion by Ville...that show the best of himself with the
best of his timbre.
Of course the structure's songs are very easy...but this song is very
deep, and could be perfect for another single.
"Killing Loneliness" is
another good episode; Pure romantic rock with that involving mood and
a perfect refrain that is ready to enter in your head.
Shadows of gothic rock in "Under the
Rose" that is another good song perfectly sung but
Valo. The song is another sweet moment characterized by the involving
Another positive note is Valo's voice. Ville
decided to sing with the best of this voice; He doesn't sing with
those high tones that he used in the previous album. His deep voice is
able to give the best of himself in the low tones...and I can't but
affirm that this is another positive note of this album.
What 'wrong here? There are very uninspired moments; Try to listen
"In the Nightside of
of Him!!!!!" Drunk on Shadows"
is another very easy listening song that seems composed in few
minutes, like "Behind the crimson Door"
that seems the copy of the copy of the copy of their old songs!!!!
Mediocre songs are "Vampire Hearts"
, the single "Wings of Butterfly",
"Face of God" and the
two bonus track "Venus"
and "The Cage" in which
the band creates those agreeable moments with the usual
compositive approach but without particular inspirations.
Nothing but a fair rock album....it seems so
strange to say it for a Him album, but this is Dark Light...